Workshop Architects renovates and expands purple Mérida dwelling

Native structure studio Workshop Architects has renovated a Spanish colonial home in Mérida, Mexico, and added two concrete buildings in its backyard.

Named Casa Pulpo, the 235-square-metre residential undertaking is characterised by lilac-hued exterior partitions and conventional pasta ground mosaic tiling within the interiors.

Casa Pulpo has three purple-coloured buildings

“The normal structure of Mérida makes use of pasta tile for the flooring, and often, every room has a distinct sample,” mentioned Workshop Architects co-founder Francisco Bernés.

“That’s the reason on this undertaking, each room has a novel design on the flooring and an identical tone color for the bottom of the partitions.”

Front exterior of the existing house at Casa Pulpo by Workshop Architects
The studio renovated the prevailing Spanish colonial home

The studio renovated the prevailing home, preserving the excessive ceilings and uncovered white steel beams with picket joists within the bed room and front room on the entrance of the property.

An archway in the lounge results in the kitchen, which incorporates a wooden and white quartz island and a nook breakfast space so as to add a way of cosiness.

A one-storey purple building with glass sliding doors revealing a dining room and swimming pool beyond
Glass sliding doorways within the central constructing join the dwelling area and swimming pool

Every area in the home incorporates a completely different color utilized to the pasta ground tiles and painted on the decrease sections of the partitions.

Workshop Architects united the rooms through the use of a impartial color on the higher a part of the partitions and including white border tiles on the perimeter of the flooring.

Interior of a living room with mosaic floor tiles, exposed ceiling joists and a blue sofa
Conventional Mexican pasta tiles adorn the flooring

Massive sliding glass doorways join the kitchen and outside area, letting pure mild and air flow into the inside.

A breakfast nook was additionally added to generate a “heat and cosy feeling”.

The studio added two separate concrete buildings to the location, utilizing door proportions and wall heights and thickness that reference the unique home.

One of many buildings is a one-storey construction in the midst of the location, accommodating a bed room and eating and TV room with glass sliding doorways open out to a swimming pool.

“This space, being unbiased of the remainder of the home, permits, by means of using two sliding glass doorways, to have visuals that move in direction of the gardens and in direction of the pool space, giving the feeling of spaciousness and freshness,” mentioned Workshop Architects.

Exterior of a purple two-storey building with an arch entryway and swimming pool
Workshop Architects added an arched entryway to the constructing on the rear of the property

On the finish of the backyard is a two-storey construction containing a bed room and ensuite on the bottom ground, accessed by an arched entryway. An out of doors staircase results in a further bed room and ensuite above.

“The third and final nucleus of the home has a extra trendy and purposeful volumetry with respect to the earlier two, that are offered in a extra conservative method,” mentioned Workshop Architects.

Purple rectangular one-storey building with a swimming pool and palm trees
Chukum was used for the swimming pool partitions

Adjoining to the two-storey construction is a small terrace with a bajareque picket roof that filters pure mild and “tasks a unprecedented play of sunshine and shadow on the partitions and flooring”.

The swimming pool partitions have been produced from the fabric chukum, which is created by boiling chukum tree bark and mixing it with concrete.

Interior of a kitchen with mosaic floor tiles, a corner breakfast area and archway leading to a living room
Totally different colors have been used on the decrease elements of the partitions in every room

“Casa Pulpo seeks to create excellent atmospheres for the total enjoyment of every of its areas by means of using completely different supplies and textures all through the property,” mentioned Workshop Architects.

In 2020, the studio remodeled a colonial home in Mérida into an artwork centre and workshop for the town’s annual pageant of lights.

The images is by Tamara Uribe.